Peal to Panic: Analysis of a False Abduction Rumor
August 5, 2019 · 1 


A mother recently claimed in a Facebook post that an eight-year-old girl had been abducted by two men in a white van in Felling, England, and asked those in her neighborhood to be on alert. It understandably caused alarm—despite the fact that the victim did not exist.  Rumors about the kidnapping were widely shared on …

The Quickest Route to Ultimate Reality
August 2, 2019 ·


At the Washington Post, Tara Isabella Burton looks at the spiritual commonalities between Marianne Williamson and Donald Trump: At their core, both are … prime representatives of one of the most important and formative spiritual trends in American life: the notion that we can transform our material circumstances through faith in our personal willpower. Trump’s …

The Problem with The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
August 2, 2019 ·


In the course of doing background research for my last article covering alternative beliefs, it was puzzling, to say the least, to find out that there is a federal agency in the United States dedicated to alternative medicine. Perhaps more remarkably, it falls under the umbrella of the National Institutes of Health and receives in …

Physical Manifestations of a Psychic Scream
August 1, 2019 ·


Last night’s Democratic presidential debate, in which ten candidates were I guess just utterly disappointed in each other, didn’t raise too much that warrants attention/alarm/mockery here, but I did like this line from the climate-focused Jay Inslee, who pushed back on Joe Biden’s plan regarding transitioning from coal, “Your argument is not with me, it’s …

Maybe a Fun Kook
July 31, 2019 ·


Not a whole lot from last night’s Democratic debate that is relevant to this particular blog, but I can point out a couple of things that caught my attention. First, there was Pete Buttigieg, who attacked Republican opponents of a higher minimum wage for being insufficiently Christian: …so-called conservative Christian senators right now in the …

Pardon My Pneumothorax
July 30, 2019 ·


Amazon is called out for selling homeopathic fake medicine, including pills “derived from the urethral discharge from men infected with gonorrhoea,” by…The Daily Mail? Yes. The Daily Mail. One has to wonder what they were searching for when they found this product. There is a documentary about a marathon runner in India who claims to …

Whose At Fault? California’s Latest Quakes
July 30, 2019 ·


During the first week of July 2019, southern California was hit with some of the strongest quakes the Los Angeles area has experienced in the past two decades. Yup. California is so over it that it’s physically trying to secede.  On July 4, while the POTUS waxed poetic about George Washington’s takeover of the Revolutionary …

Trampling Carpets with Grubby Shoes
July 29, 2019 ·


Proving her point that we are living in “Billy Graham’s America,” Crissy Stroop at Playboy (turns out you can read it for the articles) shows why trying to shame Mike Pence and the theocratic right by calling them “fake Christians” is counterproductive and only fuels their fire: Instead of simply opposing our government’s gross human …

$1 Per Year for 10 Million Years
July 26, 2019 ·


Turns out the guy who started the “let’s storm Area 51” Facebook group didn’t quite mean it, but he might be making something better out of it? Newsweek reports: The event was never meant to be taken seriously, but the momentum it started might be used for good, they decided. Now, a new plan has …

Investigating Popular Artificial Sweeteners
July 25, 2019


Artificial sweeteners (sugar substitutes) are popular in the United States and other countries. They are consumed by dieters and non-dieters and found in many products. Questions often surface about their impact on health and bodyweight: Is it safe to consume these products? Do they aid in weight loss? Some have suggested that their consumption may …